I believe that all children and families deserve a good night sleep. In my quest to find the answer to our own childrens problems with sleep I found the Sleep Sense Program.
This program was created out of a strong belief that healthy sleep habits make for healthy children. A well-rested child is curious, energetic, happy, playful, and eager to learn.
Central to my approach is the fundamental belief that infants, toddlers and children of whatever age need to be learn the skills to sleep well. We all have our way of going to sleep and some babies and children find this harder than others. I am here to work with children to make that process easier, giving them the skills to go to sleep and sleep through the night.
There are many books out there that deal with varying techniques, whether crying it out or constant reassurance. Whilst some of these methods work for individual children, it’s not a once size fits all scenario. That’s why I treat each child and family as individual case and am therefore able to create a sleep plan that is unique to that child and accommodates your parenting style. The most important part of the process is ensure that you as parents are happy with the approach in order for it to work for your child.
My approach to improving your child’s sleep is pretty simple:
- I’ll give you honest information about why sleep is so important for your child’s well-being. (This will give you all the motivation you need to make changes to your child’s sleep habits.)
- I’ll lay out an easy-to-follow, step-by-step plan that lets you make some choices about what is the right approach for your child. (All children are different, and nobody knows your child better than you do. I encourage you to use your knowledge of your child to customize his or her sleep plan.)
- I’ll show you how to measure success. (No, you shouldn’t expect your child to sleep 12 uninterrupted hours on the first night, although it does happen! I’ll tell you what you should expect along the way!)
A little note about the “crying” question: Since people always ask me about whether my solutions involve “crying it out,” I think it’s something that deserves to be addressed here.
Crying is your child’s way of protesting change, and you can expect that making changes to their sleep habits will result in some protest. That’s why I’m always sure to tell parents that my program will most likely involve at least some amount of protest on the child’s part.
Please understand that I will never ask you to leave your child to cry alone, nor will I ask you to ignore their cries. The reason that the program is so effective is that it lets you develop a plan that you feel comfortable with, based on what you know about your child.
If you have any questions at all about the philosophy behind the my approach, please don’t hesitate to ask! I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 07748677908.
Certified Sleep Consultant and Member of the Association of Professional Sleep Consultants